J. William Ernstrom

J. William Ernstrom

Vice President for Major Strategic Projects

Contact Info

The Walsh Group
929 West Adams Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
Telephone: (312) 563–5439


Mr. Ernstrom is the vice president for major and strategic projects for The Walsh Group, one of the largest domestic contraction services companies in the US. Marsh is a diversified contractor with building and heavy civil projects throughout the US and Canada. Mr. Ernstrom is one of the corporate leaders for Walsh on all large design-build, PPPs, and project pursuits involving alternative project delivery systems. He is also responsible for the underwriting of all major projects pursued by Walsh.

Mr. Ernstrom has been involved in the construction industry for over 30 years. He was formerly the general counsel of Alberici Corporation. Before that, he founded Ernstrom & Dreste, a national construction and surety law firm. For over 15 years, Mr. Ernstrom ran the Contract Documents Program for the Associated General Contractors of America. In 1993, Mr. Ernstrom was the initiator and chairman of the industry movement to write ConsensusDOCS, which were first published in 1997 and have been endorsed by over 30 national industry organizations.


Mr. Ernstrom was the 2003 recipient of the IRMI Words of Wisdom (WOW) Award, presented at the 23rd IRMI Construction Risk Conference.

In 1998, Mr. Ernstrom was selected by the AGC as "Chairman of the Year" for his work in representing contractors' interests in contract documents. He has been awarded the AGC President's Coin for exemplifying skill, responsibility, and integrity as well as unlimited motivation on behalf of the Association.